Dr. Amanda Cecil is in her 15th year on the Indiana University’s Tourism, Convention and Event Management faculty and 5th year as department chair. As an associate professor, she teaches several courses in event management and international tourism. Dr. Cecil’s professional career started in association and corporate event planning prior to joining the IU faculty. She also spent time working in various areas, including business travel management, customer service, destination marketing, collegiate sport management, and convention and special events planning.
Her research interest involves linking business travel and tourism trends to the convention/meeting market. Additionally, Dr. Cecil has scholarly interests in the development of competency-based curriculum models and the impact of experiential learning, specifically service learning pedagogies. She has consulting experience in instructional design for educational programs in customer service, business travel management, strategic meeting management, sports travel management, and event management. In 2011, she was appointed as the Dean of Education for the Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Academy. She also collaborated with the Indiana hospitality and tourism community to create the 2012 Super Service Program that was launched during the 2012 Super Bowl. To date over 30,000 individuals in the hospitality community have taken the training program.
Dr. Cecil has published in many tourism journals, including The Journal of Convention and Event Tourism, The Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, The Journal of Sustainable Development, The European Journal of Tourism Research, and Tourism Today. Additionally, she serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Convention & Event Tourism. She is actively involved in Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), and the Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (CHRIE).